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Artists statement.

Romanticism is redefined as the emergence of ecopoetics and as a discourse that opens up critical questions and lines of investigation about our human place in the world.

My paintings signify this desire to be immersed in nature, to transcend separateness, alienation and fragmentation; a return to connection.

 The landscape in my paintings acts a signifier, a metaphor for existential exploration.


Colour is a language and in these forms, it is not merely mimetic but used as an expressive device.

The orchestration of colour and its integration with form are really at the core of my painterly concerns.

The democratization of the surface, where all parts are equal, reflects my search for a holistic or an integrated perception and promotes the figuration of nature’s agency and the web of interdependence.

Denise McShannon

Born:           Belfast

Education; Belfast College of Art.

                  Camberwell School of Art and Design.London

                    ( BA Hons, Painting).

       Universitat der Kunste  Berlin.

                     (Postgraduate MLitt)


Solo Exhibitions:

2011         Outlaw Studio and Gallery, Cork.

2010         Gallery Juliane, Hundermark, Berlin,

2008         Millennium Court Arts Center,   Portadown,

2004         Galerie Kurt im Hirsch, Berlin

2003         Hallward Gallery, Dublin

2001         Hallward Gallery, Dublin


Selected Group Shows;

2023          'Mermaid  21', Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray

2023          McKenna Gallery, Omagh

2022          Past, Present, Future, , King House, Boyle Arts Festival

2022          D31 Summer Open, Doncaster UK

2021          D31 Summer Show, Doncaster, UK

2021          RHA Annual Summer Show

2021          ArtBomb.,The Cornmarket Gallery, Doncaster, UK

2019          “Urgencies,” CCA, Contemporary Center for Art, Derry

2019          Apt Gallery Open, London  2018

2018         Trasna, The Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon, Clare.


2018          Greenhouse, Berlin 12099


2017         “Firebird” Linen Hall Library Belfast


2017         Weserhalle, 12054 Berlin


2016          ‘Firebird’   Metropolitan Arts Center, The MAC, Belfast


2016          SomosBerlin, Kotbusser Damn 95, Berlin


2015         RHA, Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Summer Show, 


2015          SomosBerlin Kotbusser Damn 95, Berlin


2013          RHA, Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Summer Show, 


2011          Members Exhibition, Broadstone Studios and Gallery, Dublin

2009          Galerie Mani, Karlsruhe, 20 Berlin.

2009          Members Exhibition, Broadstone Studios and Gallery, Dublin


2008         Kosovo Drawing Biennale, Prishtana, Kosovo,


2005         Galerie Kurt im Hirsch, Berlin


2004         Iontas Small Works, Sligo


2003         Iontas Small Works, Sligo


2002         Hallward Summer Show


2001         Hallward Summer Show


1999        Flux group Show, Bank of Ireland, Dublin

                  C.H.A.R.T Group Show, Guinness Hop store.


1997        The Figure Show, Skibbereen Arts Center, Co. Cork.

                Artists on CD, Group Show, Tipperary Arts Center,

                Las Patatas Negras, Los Luminades, Barcelona.

                Seven Artists,, Westgate Heritage Center, Waterford.



1996       SOS Skerries Arts Center, Skerries Castle, Co. Dublin

                Powerhouse Art, Pigeon House Quay, Dublin

1996        MAPPE Group Show, BBK Galerie, Karlsruhe, Berlin.


1995         Northwest Artists, Yeats Gallery, Sligo

                  4 Artists group Show, Maugherow Schoolhouse Gallery,


1994            Galerie Eimer, August Strasse, Berlin

1993             Die Laden, Gruppe Austellung, August Strasse,Berlin

Multi Media performances;


1993          ‘One Step behind Words’, Galerie Eimer, August Strasse,  


1993          ‘Mother of God’, Die Laden, August Strasse, Berlin

1992          ‘Kill or Get Killed’ Die Babylon, Rosa Luxemburg    Strasse,


1991          ‘Sea and Stone’ Tacheles Arts Center Oriannenburg Strasse, Berlin.



Denise McShannon’s work has been included in various private Art

Collections, in Ireland, Germany and the UK.


Denise works part-time as the artist in residence at St Columbas Mental Health Institution, Dublin.

In January 2007, St Columbas was awarded first prize, ‘Center of Excellence’ for her work by Lundbeck Ireland’s Art Awards, adjudicated by Dr Brian Mc Guire and artist Brion Burke.

In  2008 and 2010, her project was shortlisted again for “Center of Excellence” by Dr Brian McGuire and artist Dominick Thorpe.

She was awarded third prize, “Best Art Work”2013.

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